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The Passage Through College

The Passage Through College the College is simple enough-the development of liberally educated individuals. Although a liberal education is not easily defined, there is general agreement as to the kinds of traits possessed by the liberally educated person, e.g., knowledge of our cultural heritage, disciplined intelligence, responsible citizenship, curiosity, sense of reality, independence of judgment, interest in other cultures. As for the procedures by which the College attempts to attain its major goal, examination of the general curriculum seems to yield the most significant information. Study of the curriculum reveals first of all that the College is a “traditionary educational institution, not a “progressive” school. “Traditional,” in this context, does not mean inflexible, conservative, and the like; it means simply that adherence to certain formal curriculum requirements constitutes an important part of the academic program. This is in contrast with those educational programs in which such formal requirements are likely to be regarded as secondary to the needs of individual students. Thus, students must take a science and a language; in order to guard against over-specialization, they may not take more than a certain number of hours in their major field, and so on. Such regulations are by no means hard and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Social Issues Wiley

The Passage Through College

Journal of Social Issues , Volume 12 (4) – Oct 1, 1956

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
1956 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
0022-4537
eISSN
1540-4560
DOI
10.1111/j.1540-4560.1956.tb00385.x
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Abstract

the College is simple enough-the development of liberally educated individuals. Although a liberal education is not easily defined, there is general agreement as to the kinds of traits possessed by the liberally educated person, e.g., knowledge of our cultural heritage, disciplined intelligence, responsible citizenship, curiosity, sense of reality, independence of judgment, interest in other cultures. As for the procedures by which the College attempts to attain its major goal, examination of the general curriculum seems to yield the most significant information. Study of the curriculum reveals first of all that the College is a “traditionary educational institution, not a “progressive” school. “Traditional,” in this context, does not mean inflexible, conservative, and the like; it means simply that adherence to certain formal curriculum requirements constitutes an important part of the academic program. This is in contrast with those educational programs in which such formal requirements are likely to be regarded as secondary to the needs of individual students. Thus, students must take a science and a language; in order to guard against over-specialization, they may not take more than a certain number of hours in their major field, and so on. Such regulations are by no means hard and

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Journal of Social IssuesWiley

Published: Oct 1, 1956

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